Dan Hodge works at the Port Orchard Albertsons. Prior to that he worked at both Safeway and Fred Meyer where he became a Journeyman in the Deli. When he started working at Albertsons, he realized they did not pay him his journey wage rate even though he had been at the journey level at Fred Meyer within the last 2 years.
The union contract says comparable past experience for employees who were formerly Journey within the last 0-2 years shall be considered Journey. Dan was able to show that he worked the hours to reach Journey pay from his previous employer and was then given the proper wage increase including back-pay. Dan’s experience shows that it pays to know your contract.